Last updated: 02 Mar, 2021

Applications open until 12 noon, 22 March 2021.

Research is at the heart of VicHealth’s work and in 2021 we are offering many new and exciting ways for researchers to collaborate with us.

VicHealth is excited to be funding up to four postdoctoral health promotion research fellowships to build evidence to inform policy and practice change. We will provide a salary contribution to fund up to four early-career Research Fellows to undertake a three-year full-time research project addressing one of four specific research priorities below. 

Successful Fellows will integrate with the VicHealth team to support the important work taking place to improve the health and wellbeing of Victorians. 

Applications will be accepted through the new VicHealth Stakeholder Portal. Register today.

Applicants must address one of the below research priority areas to be considered for funding:

Identifying Victoria's wellbeing goals

Informed by the Welsh Well-being of Future Generations Act and New Zealand’s Wellbeing Budget, conduct research to help identify Victoria's potential wellbeing goals, progress indicators and create a roadmap for implementation of policy action. The long-term outcome of this work is to see wellbeing integrated into the business of government via legislation, so that all future budget proposals are required to undergo a wellbeing analysis. This project includes a partnership with the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS).

Building the capacity of local government to support children and young people's health and wellbeing 

Identify implementation science approaches that can be used to maximise the effectiveness of several interventions developed to support children and young people’s wellbeing at a local government level, and evaluate the impact of these interventions. The interventions will be implemented within the context of a systems framework developed by other VicHealth research partners in collaboration with local government and related stakeholders. 

Reducing racism and promoting inclusion for children and young people 

Identify and trial a range of synergistic and multi modal policy and practice interventions to reduce racism and promote inclusion for children and young people. The research is intended to strengthen the social inclusion agenda at all levels of government, with an evaluated model of evidence-based actions, which are able to be scaled-up for broad implementation. It is expected that First Nations and CALD Youth and Elder Panels will actively advise on the intervention designs and selection of trials. 

Strengthening the design and evaluation of health promotion approaches 

Optimising the use of all forms of evidence for design and evaluation, from lived experience through to emerging data management technologies, identify more efficient and effective approaches for the design and evaluation of equity focused health promotion interventions, from small community projects to large scale interventions and government policies. Measurement of their broader societal impact beyond their health and economic value is of particular interest. It is anticipated that this research will lead to the development of capacity building tools that strengthen the science of health promotion design and evaluation for VicHealth and our broad range of partners in the health promotion sector and beyond.    


Key details:

Key dates

  • Applications open – 12 noon,Tuesday 16 February 2021

  • Applications close – 12 noon, Monday 22 March 2021

  • Announcement of successful projects – June/July 2021

  • Commencement of VicHealth funding – June/July 2021


How to apply

Register for the VicHealth Stakeholder Portal, then fill out the application form. 
Before preparing an application, please read the VicHealth Research Fellowship Application Guidelines with details on: 
  • Research priority areas 

  • Eligibility criteria (updated 22/02/2021)

  • Declaring harmful industry relationships 

  • The funding available 

  • Obligations of applicants 

  • Application process and assessment 

  • A preview of the online application form    


More information about applying for a VicHealth grant can be found here.


Harmful Industry Relationships declaration

In 2020, VicHealth introduced a new policy that will require all applicants to declare harmful industry relationship. For universities, you must declare relationships of the research team, and at the school-level at a minimum. It is preferable however that relationships within the relevant faculty/college are also declared. Learn more about the VicHealth harmful industry relationship funding and procurement policy.

This section will be frequently updated with additional FAQs, please refer back to this webpage for regular updates after applications open.

  • Seeking clarification about what a Valid Career Disruption is?
    Valid Career Disruption is defined as a prolonged interruption to an applicant’s capacity to work due to major illness/injury, parental leave or carer responsibilities or time spent outside of academia where industry experience has been gained e.g., within the government or NGO sectors. A prolonged interruption is defined as a continuous absence from work for 90 calendar days or more, and/or continuous, long-term, part-time employment (with a defined %FTE) due to the above stated Valid Career Disruption circumstances with the absence amounting to a total of 90 calendar days or more.
  • Where do I provide information about ‘Relative to Opportunity’ considerations in my application form?
    Please provide this information under the question about Valid Career Disruptions. Please select Yes to the question, and then provide a Relative to Opportunity statement clearly outlining information you want considered during the peer review process. If applicable, please provide Valid Career Disruption information here as well. Information relating to Relative to Opportunity circumstances is detailed in the Research Fellowship Application Guidelines on page 4 (see Grant Eligibility Criteria section).
  • How will I hear about the outcome of my application?
    VicHealth will notify you of the outcome of your application by email. You can expect to hear back from VicHealth by the end of July. If you do not receive an email, make sure you check your junk/spam folder. You can contact us to follow up after the end of July: [email protected]
  • Will I receive feedback on my application if unsuccessful?
    We are anticipating that VicHealth Research Fellowships will be highly competitive and we will receive far more applications than can be funded. Due to such high volumes, generalised  feedback will be provided on notification to unsuccessful applicants; however, we are unable to provide individualised feedback.
  • Can I speak to someone at VicHealth about my application?
    We are unable to provide advice or feedback on your research proposal and answers to questions in the application form, however we can clarify the intention of the grant rounds and the outcomes they are trying to achieve. If you have feedback or questions for VicHealth about the grant round, we encourage you to send this to us in writing to [email protected]
  • Where can I access the Collaborative Research Agreement?
    Download a copy of the Collaborative Research Agreement here


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